If you haven't read Robert Jordan's the Wheel of Time: Eye of the World (EotW) this novella would be a great read. As it was, I couldn't help but draw comparisons between Rand and Brand, Perrin and Corbin, and Mat and Jak, the 3 main farm boys from EotW and Amber Magic respectively. Even the description of Corbin matches that of Perrin, so I keep forming the wrong mental images when reading Amber Magic.
The plot flows quickly and is interesting, but again, many plot aspects were too similar to EotW as well. I was waiting for Trollocs to enter the story line, sadly no Trollocs did, but there were Rhinogs. And we had Shades the fit the descriptions of the Myrdraal/fades.
I think if you are a person that likes the faeries and other magical folk, this would be a great read for you. I like the darker and less fantastical fantasy like George R. R. Martin. I think this book is worth reading, but I don't think I will read the rest of the series.